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Smokin' Hot Tuna aka HolyCrap is the House on Fire?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

I picked up some Ahi Tuna Steaks and decided I'd like to try to prepare them blackened. I've never tried that before. Being the nerd that I am - I read online on how it can be a very smoky process so I warned the boyfriend. He got the camera out.

They turned out delicious however the cayenne pepper smoking was HARSH! I'm still laughing as my small furbabies looked at me like I was retarded before running from the room. We ended up opening several windows & doors. An hour later there was still a small haze ...

Sacrifices sometimes have to be made in the search for a good healthy recipe. And I just had to share it with my Sparkfriends...


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BARBARA_G 1/28/2010 1:21PM

    It sounds like you had allot of fun trying this new recipe. I may have to follow your lead.
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DALAI_LALA 1/25/2010 3:43PM

    LOL... exactly why I have never been brave enough to cook fish at home. The closest we got was grilling some salmon outside... man, that's a tasty idea...

Good work on trying something new!

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IDEBORAH 1/25/2010 2:59PM

    Wow, I'm sooo impressed you tried this. Glad it's you and not me though. But as an idea to get the fur babies OUT OF THE KITCHEN it has merit. I'm loving the new puppy partly because she can't reach the counters.

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GIRANIMAL 1/25/2010 2:49PM

    Niiiice. emoticon

This happens to my kitchen every time my boyfriend makes Italian sausages to go with our whole wheat pasta. And I choke and gag and turn on the ceiling fan, and then complain about how cold it is. LOL

Is that a cast-iron grill pan? Maybe it's partly a product of the awesomely old-school cast iron! emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 1/25/2010 2:09PM

    For this, I will download the youtube vid. I'm on dial-up sister, so you owe me!! LOL!!

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ELSIE_BEE 1/25/2010 11:23AM

    I've always just used the smoke alarm as a kitchen timer--when it goes off, dinner is ready!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/25/2010 10:05AM

    I'm impressed you tried such a thing.

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REDFROG25 1/25/2010 8:49AM

    Cooking with goggles and a respirator...awesome!

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_VALEO_ 1/25/2010 8:35AM

    Okay, after watching the video, DH made an untranslatable comment about having evidence that you're trying to smoke your family out/ sweet talk them (same word for us, i know it clearly losts a lot in translation!)

Glad it was good, it looked like Hell in the Kitchen!

(PS: love your furbabies videos!)

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SCHWINNER! 1/25/2010 7:28AM

    Hehehe...violent cooking :) I can only imagine how harsh that was in your lungs!!! Looks very tasy though! :)

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CHINCHIN 1/24/2010 11:47PM

    I've never tried actually making the stuff. I guess there's more than one reason they call it "blackened".

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EMER1023 1/24/2010 10:47PM

    LOL...this is great! :)

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GRACIEC 1/24/2010 10:31PM

    I'm glad that you enjoyed the meal, in spite of the smokescreen!

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GRACIEC 1/24/2010 10:30PM

    I seem to remember trying that once! After that, I did it outside on the BBQ grill! LOL

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MEADSBAY 1/24/2010 10:17PM

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SLCB1023 1/24/2010 10:13PM

    I cheat and just use the blackened spices and bake it. LOL

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Frustration

Monday, January 18, 2010

I'm frustrated. I'm hungry and whiny. I'm having a really hard time remembering why it's important to eat only 1200-1300 calories a day.

I was suppose to go see my doctor today. And I thought - this will be cool - let's see how much I've lost since I last went to see her. I saw my doc the first week of September after being diagnosed with Bells Palsy. I weighed 211 that week. I now weigh 193. I've lost 18 pounds since my last visit. This is all well and good - except that I've been eating to lose 2 pounds a week and I've only lost 1 pound a week. What's up with that? Is it the Bells Palsy that's slowing down my metabolism? Am I simply not eating enough? And if I adjust my calories so that I'd aim to lose 1.5 pounds a week - will that shrink or increase my weight loss? That would give me another 200 calories to eat a day ...

Really - lately the healthy food I'm eating just isn't satisfying. I'm still hungry. I average 111 grams of protein a day & 28 grams of fiber. And still I fantasize about a greasy cheesesteak sandwich with a monster size of fries. I find myself day dreaming about Hot Fudge Sundaes . *ACK!!*

Now - I'm not going to give up. Although I am seriously thinking about taking a week off - *sigh*.

And then I see and hear on the news about the people of Haiti who are starving all while I'm trying to staying within my calorie range -- and it just seems wrong.

This will work itself out, I have no doubt. I just needed to vent some frustration. I figure venting is less calories than the Hostess Twinkie that's in the vending machine outside of my office door.

Thank you for the shoulder my Sparkfriends! Remember - Never, ever, ever, ever give up!

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MEADSBAY 1/24/2010 10:21PM

    You need more calories than that!
Are you using your BMR, including the Harris Benedict Scale?
I am no expert; I am in awe of your success, but I think you should try eating more, at least a few days a week.
Your body has gone into starvation mode, IMHO.

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SLCB1023 1/24/2010 10:15PM

    AHEM!!!!! You lost weight.... so what are you complaining about. RIGHT!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KKATZE 1/22/2010 7:20PM

    I agree that you could probably at somewhat more calories, especially if you are exercising... I have set my goals for loss of 2 lbs per week and SP suggested between 1350 and 1500 calories... by the way, how are you getting all this protein?? I am barely making the 60 g per day!

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46SHADOW 1/22/2010 5:05PM

    I wonder if you're eating enough calories. It seems like your range is making you feel deprived and I have never enjoyed that. Would it work to lose the weight slower /pick up some cardio minutes and increase your calorie count? Good luck. I don't know if you know how to change your goals but on your start page you can scroll down to where they have your goals. I'm always playing with them so that I can eat at least 1600 cals. a day. But boy oh boy have you ever done well! I'm just a newbie on this process. 90pounds WOW! WOW! WOW!

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HIPPICHICK1 1/22/2010 4:12PM

    I came by to give you a goodie for helping me get off of my plateau and saw a new blog. (I often wonder why I'm not notified when I'm subscribed.) And here you are dreaming of cheese steaks and fries and eating only 1200-1300 calories each day.
Interestingly enough I ate over 2000 calories yesterday because I was really hungry and this morning the scale finally moved! So did the tape measure. And I don't think I could've done it without you! So THANKS!!!
Yes, after all you have taught me ObeWon, I think you too could probably eat more. And my advice is don't take a week off, just take a day every week or every two weeks where you can eat more because you're hungry.
You want fries? Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Take 6-8 large red potatoes, scrub well, and then, leaving the skins on, cut into fries. Place in a large bowl with just 1 tbsp olive oil and spices of your choices (I like black pepper and turmeric and granulated garlic) and toss well until coated with oil. Spray a large pan with cooking spray or olive oil, bake until golden brown.
You have lost over 90 pounds and I don't think for one second you won't reach your goal, but I also think that one burger won't derail you either.
Lots of hugs and cheesy grins!!
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WIFEALF 1/20/2010 1:40AM

    vent away i am here and that is why we are here for you not every day is perfect
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WIFEALF 1/20/2010 1:40AM

    Hi

dont give up even for a week you probably gain more weight within that 1 week of than you would otherwise so please dont.I know it might be hard now but keep at it you will see the results..I am having a hard time too right now so i know how you feel...Never give up...You might be eating too less i try now some friends have told me because all the walking i do to eat at least 1500 calories.So i stick to that maybe you should too...Just a suggestion...Do you exserice alot????

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THEFITNUTLIFE 1/19/2010 6:47PM

    It's ok to vent, that's what we're here for. It's good to vent, it will keep you from going for that Twinkie... that wouldn't make you feel good in the end. So vent away. Hang in there, this too shall pass and you'll make it over this bump in the road.

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CMBELISLE 1/19/2010 4:05PM

    OK - so I'm no nutritionist and I'm not a doctor and I don't know your entire situation, but is there the slimmest possibility that you're not getting enough calories daily? Even though I weighed almost 200 lbs when I went to see a nutritionist and she wanted me to lose weight, I still got more calories a day than your 1200 to 1300. Also, I have found that I need a few more calories per day than even my nutritionist suggested to keep me from starving to death and I can still lose weight (and it comes off faster). Further, my SP calorie range is higher and I'm only about 7 lbs less than you now. Of course, I know my fitness goals can increase my calories, but it still seems like you might not be eating enough.

Another thought - you only mentioned your fiber and protein, but I know when I don't get enough fat in my diet, I feel like I can't get enough to eat, especially if I don't get enough with breakfast.

Anyway, just my thoughts. I hope you get things worked out where you don't feel like you're starving all the time. Sometimes, it's a trial and error process to figure out the right balance for you.

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GIRANIMAL 1/19/2010 2:49PM

    Awww, honey. emoticon I totally understand your rut. (See my blog from today!) But go easier on yourself -- you are doing AMAZING, and 1200 calories really is not a lot. I often struggle with 1400. I guess we just can't be all gung-ho every single day, huh? What counts is we do what we can even while maybe we're not at our very best, and get right back in the game as soon as we're able. Or, more succinctly, never, ever, ever give up! emoticon

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MDMNINA 1/19/2010 2:41PM

    My dear, you can always vent. We are here to listen. We want to listen. And do give yourself a little treat every once in awhile. Moderation in all things!

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LEANVIXEN 1/19/2010 11:18AM

    I know how discouraging it is when you're being so diligent with your eating habits and not seeing the results you want. 18 pounds is nothing to be disappointed about though. Because that's not the number you wanted to see, look at it as an opportunity to tweek something to do better. I think that you might not be eating enough. You could try calorie cycling to boost your metabolism. This involves cutting your calories for 3 days and then spiking on the 4th to your maintenance level. This tricks your body into thinking that you're not dieting. Good luck. Keep working hard. You ARE getting results.

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LEELYNN2 1/19/2010 9:35AM

    Two things... first lots of my weight came off in clumps (I've heard other people say this too) so one morning you may just wake up and find you are suddenly 5 lbs less than before.

Two... it is much easier to stay in a 1700-1900 calorie range. So what if it comes off a half a pound a week instead of the ambitious two pounds. Are you in a hurry for some reason? If your feeling tired and whiny give yourself a break... you are doing fabulous, but as several other people have said don't fully take a break, it's so hard to get back on track.

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FRANCESCANAZ 1/19/2010 9:26AM

    I love all of the comments you have received on this blog. Aren't Spark people the BEST! I read them all and I agree with each of them, especially bosting the cardio with intervals and increasing the water and calories. emoticon

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SCHWINNER! 1/19/2010 7:26AM

    emoticon It's okay to feel all the things you're feeling!! Echoing what the other said...just keep on doing the right things. I think too that you may have just slowed down a little bit - the weight comes off fast at the beginning, but as you get smaller, it gets harder! Are you doing all the same things and eating the same way since the beginning? Maybe it's just time to switch it up to adjust to your changing body?

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DALAI_LALA 1/18/2010 7:09PM

    Yeah, what they said! I know it's hard, but try to focus on the good that you've done. You've come a long way with some unusual obstacles and best of all, you are still here!

And we love you!

And I'm going back to bed now because I'm not sure I'm making sense...

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IDEBORAH 1/18/2010 7:01PM

    Hey, you're doing great. Remember when 18 pounds seemed impossible? And 1300 calories is really not very many. A pound a week is sufficient, don't you think. Anyway, we're here with the shoulder to cry on. You're right, Haiti, weight plateaus, Bells Palsy it's all wrong. But you aren't wrong; you're fabulous.
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REDFROG25 1/18/2010 7:00PM

    Well, hell. I wrote this really good post and lost it in the ethers. What Elsie Bee said.

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ELSIE_BEE 1/18/2010 5:57PM

    Sometimes it's just like that. Taking a week off might not be such a hot idea, though--just think how great you're doing! It's like bowling; you don't have to throw a strike every time, but at least keep it out of the gutters.

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SLCB1023 1/18/2010 5:28PM

    Up your cardio throwing in intervals, drink your water, and yes increase your calories. Just shake up everything you body is expecting. It probably thinks this starvation mode will never end and is adjusting to the lower calories by being more efficient. emoticon No other choices really, afterall you are NOT going out and eating that box of donuts just to prove a point.

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_VALEO_ 1/18/2010 5:01PM

    I didn't know what Bells Palsy was--Thankfully the SP Health page came in handy. Do you suffer from diabetes too?
Let's see the bright side, you've lost 18 lbs since September. Congratulations on your success! You made the right choices, and even if you're frustrated by your results in terms of weight--which are good!-- think of all the great benefits you can have health-wise, and think of the effects on your future.

Like you, though it seems to make sense, there's just something I don't trust about this newfangled "eat right and exercise" weight-loss plan. ;)
In an idealistic world, we should all lost 2 lbs a week with the appropriate diet/exercise. But we're all different, and your condition might slow down your weight loss. I guess you haven't asked your doctor about that, have you?

I don't know whether you track or not your food and exercise, but SP has a feature allowing you to see your calorie differential (under the Reports tab in My tools), give it a try if you haven't done it yet. You might be below your calorie range.



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Today is my One Year Sparkversary! Time to review ....

Friday, January 01, 2010

It was 365 days ago that I was sitting on my couch cruising the internet. I half-heartedly was looking for a calorie tracker on Google when I stumbled upon Sparkpeople. I thought - cool it's free - what do I have to lose.

Turns out I had 93.2 pounds to lose... and then some!!

When I started this journey I weighed 287 pounds. I was morbidly obese, depressed, diagnosed with sleep apnea and tired. Really, really tired. My joints ached. My pants were increasing in size and I just felt like crap. My how things can change in 12 short months.

Here's some numbers that amaze me ...

I've logged 13,250 fitness minutes this past year. This from a chick that hated to exercise and doesn't belong to a gym.

I've thrown 56,871 punches on Wii Gold's Gym Cardio Workout.

I've taken 1,525,297 steps since wearing a pedometer daily starting in May. That works out to 507.4 miles. Who knew?


Waist 01/15/09 : 54.5" 01/01/10: 35.5" Difference: 19"
Hips 01/15/09: 53" 01/01/10: 42" Difference: 11"
Neck 01/15/09: 16" 01/01/10: 13" Difference: 3"

That's 33" gone in only 3 measurements -- Holy Cow!

The average number of daily calories I have consumed is 1593.
The average number of daily calories I've burned is 324.
My average daily consumption of fiber has been 28 grams a day.
My average daily consumption of sodium is 2700 mg.

It's amazing to me where information & baby steps can take you.

I noticed that my weight loss slowed down quite a bit after I was diagnosed with Bells Palsy in August. I'm still dealing with it today. It's not been easy, but I'm determined to make this work.

I still have 20 pounds to go before I am no longer overweight. My target weight is 153 which is in the middle of normal on the BMI chart for me. This is strictly a target to shoot for. I'm also looking at waist to hip ratio - I'd like that to be in a healthy range as well before I go into maintenance mode.

I am determined to get to a healthy BMI. I've proven to myself this past year that it is possible. I CAN do this. It just takes time and good choices.

Sparkfriends -- you have all been key on this journey. Reading your blogs, articles, and looking at pictures have all been so very inspirational to me. It helps so much, especially on those days when it's hard to remember why a double hot fudge sundae isn't a good choice for lunch.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my loving boyfriend as well. He's been a HUGE support to me. Not only has he put up with watching me flop around the living room in front of the Wii during TV time but he's even adapted to eating turkey burgers & tofu. Without these changes I've been able to make at home - none of this would have been possible. Thank you Sugar! I don't always say it to you - but I appreciate your support and love more than I can say. I'd be lost without you.

I've got 40 more pounds to go ... I am SO going to do this.



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EMER1023 1/24/2010 10:49PM

    You are an inspiration to so many. :) I read things like this and think ok, maybe it won't go that way for me, but it CAN happen, just takes time and determination. Thanks for posting this and I know you will reach your goal this year. :)

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WIFEALF 1/20/2010 1:42AM

    sorry i am behind on here congrats you are doing awesome!!!

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LUNALIFE 1/9/2010 3:02AM

    Look at you - how amazing! I knew - sensed - throughout the year that your consistency was pretty remarkable, but your listing of achievements... that's just so very impressive! Well done you.

Here's to another year in which you pursue what's important to you!

Luna

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/8/2010 10:58PM

    Congratulations on all your accomplishments this past year. You have done great!

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GIRANIMAL 1/6/2010 2:23PM

    Still catching up with recent blogs and glad I finally got to this one of yours. I am SO AMAZED at all your progress! What an inspiration you are! I also am very happy to hear you're not just sticking to a final number on the scale, but also considering your body shape/proportions, etc. I am really fixated on my stinking scale in many ways, but I also recently reassured my boyfriend it's not just that -- I am going by how big my thighs still are instead! emoticon

You are doing SO GREAT! Happy Sparkiversary! emoticon

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MDMNINA 1/3/2010 3:03PM

    I am so proud of you. You have achieved so much. And I know you will achieve even more imn 2010.

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IDEBORAH 1/2/2010 9:29AM

    You are soooo completely amazing and awesome. I am honored to count you among my Spark Friends. As it has been mentioned you are an inspiration to so many of us. When my spirits are flagging I always see your page in my mind and the phrase: never, never, never give up. 2010 is your year, we're just here for the scenery!
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PS: I just read your blog to my girlfriend and she got up and weighed herself. She thinks she can lose weight without Spark, silly girl.

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HAPPYWALKER 1/2/2010 7:43AM

    Wow! Those are some stats!! Truly inspirational that you can accomplish so much in one year.
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Happy Spark anniversary. Here's to another successful year and reaching your goal.
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_VALEO_ 1/2/2010 4:03AM

    Happy emoticon and congratulations on your success! It is amazing to see your journey and how a little click on a web page can make such a difference.
2009 was a great year, but I bet 2010 will be even better! You can make it!



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HIPPICHICK1 1/1/2010 11:25PM

    You are amazing!! Congratulations on doing one emoticon job this past year. I hope you and I both make our goals weights this year!
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GRACIEC 1/1/2010 11:06PM

    Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary and more importantly, on you fabulous success and lifestyle change! You WILL reach your goal this year - you're an inspiration!
Grace

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DANARRA 1/1/2010 10:55PM

    Thank you for providing hope and inspiration!
Wii Gold's Gym workout - will give it a try!

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LADYIRIS313 1/1/2010 10:41PM

    WOW .. what a year you have had. Thank you for sharing your success. You motivate me. And happy anniversary... and happy new YOU!


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MEADSBAY 1/1/2010 10:22PM

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Allow me to be the first to congratulate you on your AMAZING success this year.
It is almost unbelievable what you have done in one short year! emoticon
I am in awe of you.
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You are an inspiration to so many of us and I am just so darn happy for you and proud to call you my friend!
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The Biggest Loser, who?

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Last night my beloved & I watched the Biggest Loser. I watch it every week. I find it helps the ole motivation going & ok - it's nice to visually see someone struggle & overcome their weight issues. It's a story I've been living for the past 11 months.

So they were down to the final four last night. Two men & two women. And they were sharing all of these very emotional stories about the contestants and then they showed each one with how much weight they've lost ... it was then that this bright light went off in my head....

Holy F*Bomb Batman! - I've lost more weight in the past 11 months by myself, with no trainer and no gym membership, then the two women who were finalist. Now - I know these poor saps have been working their tails off and have dropped 60+ pounds in only 11 weeks. I respect that. And they ran a marathon - which is something I've never considered ... but wow. I've lost more weight than either of the final female contestants did. Me. On my own. Me. Just me with a little website called Sparkpeople, a video game called the Wii, and a calorie counting heart rate monitor called an ePulse. Wow. Who knew? Is there no end to the wonders of modern technology?

Next month will be one year with Sparkpeople. I'm hoping to have lost a cool 100 lbs by then. And with the sense of pride I have in myself right now --- I just might do it. :)



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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 1/6/2010 6:04PM

    You go ahead and toot your own horn, heck go ahead an toot several horns, because you well deserve it for what you have accomplished. We may not get national acclaim for what we acheived, but what we do get is self satisfaction by having to donate way to big clothes to charity, new wardrobe, compliments from family and friends, support from Spark friends, and a healthier over all body.
So soon you will have lost a 100lbs...Wow!
Hugs,
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GRACIEC 1/6/2010 5:49PM

    I'm a month late but a big WOO HOO for you! You are doing fantastic!
Grace

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MDMNINA 12/14/2009 3:25PM

    emoticon emoticon And I hope you are appropriately proud of yourself!

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SLARTYB 12/10/2009 4:46PM

    Sweet - time to run a marathon then!

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WIFEALF 12/10/2009 11:51AM

    i was thinking the same...i didnt really like Amanda myself i was so happy about Danny winning thought.But did you see Tracy how skinny she look like she lost it too much i thought she look like she was starving herselve not a healthy look i thought.I hope they keep it off.

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IDEBORAH 12/8/2009 11:13AM

    Sorry to be late in responding, but I have to add my WooHoo on your accomplishments. You are so incredible and you are so inspiring. Be proud, be very proud.
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/3/2009 2:06PM

    Way to go! I actually think it's very unhealthy to lose weight so quickly like they do on the biggest loser. Not only have you lost more weight, but you have done it in a sensible and healthy way!

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KEEPITMOVING 12/3/2009 9:25AM

    woman, u SOOOOOOOOOOO rock my sparkworld! what an amazing accomplishment you're doing every single day, taking the best out of it, minimizing the worst, going with the flow as well as possible, finding a decent balance between perspective and attitude, and all i can say is i am so proud to be your sparkfriend! GO U!!!!!!!!

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SCHWINNER! 12/3/2009 7:42AM

    Amazing! I can't believe you've been here for a year already! You have done so well on your own, you are truly an inspiration. I'm so proud of you!!!!

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_VALEO_ 12/3/2009 1:05AM

    And they say that Wii doesn't work! Congratulations on weight loss, amazing job!
What a difference a year makes!
You're a success story, and you're going to maintain your goal weight (I do wonder whether and how those contestants can manage by themselves without the guidance they had as they haven't learnt to be healthy but were trained to lost pounds -having said that, I have never seen the show either.)

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MEADSBAY 12/2/2009 11:39PM

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TURBOAMIE 12/2/2009 6:52PM

    awesome awesome awesome! I admire what you did more than what they did - you had to live your life whereas they lived in a bubble.

Great job!!!!!!!!!!

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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 12/2/2009 6:28PM

    What a piquant moment...don't you love when that light bulb goes on. Yep...you did that in 11 months...WTG...and losing a 100 lbs...I am right behind shedding the weight just as fast as I can. I want to lose a 100 lbs. too and I will right after you get there.


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FRANCESCANAZ 12/2/2009 5:51PM

    I believe you will!!! emoticon

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DALAI_LALA 12/2/2009 5:33PM

    That is an awesome story and a very cool realization! Good work - you are SO not a shrinking wildflower violet!

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MSAXON94 12/2/2009 5:20PM

    Congratulations! You should be proud of yourself. Isn't it amazing what can be accomplished when we set our minds to it and have the right resources? I wish you well in reaching the 100 pounds by your one year anniversary. Keep up the good work.

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GIRANIMAL 12/2/2009 5:10PM

    Wow, great observation! I've never seen the show (perhaps the only person with a TV who has not), but I am sure they ARE working their tails off. So yes, you do get to be extremely proud of yourself for doing even more with "less." (Not that SparkPeople is not awesome!) In fact, we all should be. Thanks for pointing that out!

Really, people look at me suspiciously when, if they ask, I tell them I am just old-school calorie counting, both in and out, and exercising more with the help of this awesome little website. We're so used to being sold gimmicks and quick fixes, it's almost like they don't believe me. Some look envious, like they could never find the time and energy for all that tracking. But I am living, skinnier proof that this is not necessarily true! I always thought it would be impossible as well.

So, look at us! Awesome proof of what a little help and motivation can do. Thanks again for the reminder!



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DANA47 12/2/2009 5:08PM

    You go girl! 100 pounds is a lot in one year. You should be very proud of what you have accomplished on your own. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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My Sparkfriends ROCK!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I just wanted to drop a quick note of thanks to all you who left encouraging words & great ideas on my previous blog. I really appreciate all of the support. I'd write you each individually except this week I am not sure which end is up between working, cooking, cleaning and general nuttiness.

My dinner guests will be here Thursday at noon & won't be leaving till sometime on Saturday - so I won't be able to send them home with leftovers. However I feel much better about the whole situation. I'm going to make Thursday my "free" day. Wednesday, Friday & Saturday I will stick to my calorie allotment.

I have also decided that a BIG walk after dinner will be a great idea provided the weather is good. I am certain that my sisters, niece & nephew will join me on a walk after dinner. And - as an added bonus I purchased Wii My Fitness Coach. I've been wanting a new fitness game and finally decided on this one. Saturday when the family leaves I'll be burning some calories on my shiny new game.

It's good to have a plan.

Thank you again my dear Sparkfriends. You know - even though we all live miles away from each other I feel so honored and blessed to have crossed paths with you all. This year has been really incredible for me and each one of you has helped to encourage me to keep on keeping on. And that means the world to me. You are the bestest!

Never, ever, ever, EVER give up!

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KEEPITMOVING 11/25/2009 12:44PM

    we emoticon u. here's hoping your bird day company, visitors, celebration, and meal come off flawlessly, in fine style, delicious, and that you have lots of family, friends, and fun. that sounds like a recipe for success to me! do it!

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IDEBORAH 11/25/2009 12:28PM

    Have a great holiday. You deserve it. Know that the blessing is on us to have crossed paths with you. I'm doing the stairs tomorrow and taking your spirit with me.
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FRANCESCANAZ 11/25/2009 9:53AM

    Gracias amiga! You are a great asset to Spark People. I love the idea of a walk after Turkey dinner. I believe I will be doing the same. Keep going...you are doing great!

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SCHWINNER! 11/25/2009 7:43AM

    Sounds like a good plan!!! Another option - getting everyone in on the Wii action (bowling, tennis, etc.) would be an active, fun way to engage after dinner too (maybe after your walk!) :)

I really need to find a way to get in some exercise or some activity on Thanksgiving!

Enjoy the day!

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DALAI_LALA 11/24/2009 7:13PM

    Wow! Well, work's been so crazy that I missed the original thread, but it looks like everybody had great ideas for you... I just want to add that I know you can handle this, so just relax a bit and enjoy your Thanksgiving!

As for me, I'm burning up so much energy trying to get my house straightened out before *both* my mother and my mother-in-law arrive ( emoticon) that I might have some calories to spare by the weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving!

- Lala

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MISSIFELTNER 11/24/2009 5:13PM

    I love my Spark friends too!

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